Monday, August 2, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
"No man would take up my profession if danger did not attract him."
Spoken by the character Sherlock Holmes - written by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
...over the past couple of days. Drove there on Wednesday, looked at one house on Thursday and left on Friday - disgusted. Why did I leave disgusted? Well, I sent my realtor a list of 11 places I wanted to see. When I got there and saw her on Thursday, she told me only 2 places were still available even though I had made up that list and sent it to her a week or less before my trip. Damn, houses are selling fast. One of them came with 25 acres for 189K. It looked like my dream house. When we were looking at the one house we viewed on this trip, the realtor told me she had gone to the potential dream house, made a video, showed the video to another client and he made a bid on it. He did not have the high offer. I asked if I could still see that house and she checked with the owner's agent who said the owner had so many offers he would not accept more. If it was as nice a place as my realtor had said it appeared, I would have offered up to 10K over asking price, maybe even as more as 15K over. Those 25 acres plus the look of the place made it ever so appealing!
Now, you may be asking (and I did ask but she had no good reply) why my realtor did not send me a copy of the video as she knew I was extremely interested in that particular property and I had told her if she viewed it and thought it was an excellent buy, I'd make an offer by phone through her and then head there without delay to seal the deal if mine had been the high offer. It just did not happen! Maybe I need to contact another realtor.
I wound up driving a total of about 943 miles to get there (second time in about 1 or 2 months or so), looked at the one house (not bad but not to my liking), drove around to see if I might find one not listed online but with a for sale sign (I found a nice very secluded one but it was about $140K over my high limit), I also checked online but no newly listed houses were shown since I had last looked. Then, I said screw it as I decided the other house still available to see the next day was not worth seeing. So, I drove back home yesterday.
spent wasted a lot of money on gas, a good deal at restaurants and a bar, and some on one night at a motel (actually stayed at motels two nights but had enough points for the one where I stayed the 2nd night but even those points were wasted). I also had my dog boarded until Monday which was more money pissed away. While I am home now, she is staying there until Monday regardless, if only because I do not have to wake up early to walk her for a couple more days and I need a break after this frustrating trip. All in all, it cost me a nice chunk of change and of my time, and a lot of wear an tear on the Corolla once again, to make the pointless trip.
In all, I am pretty fed up with driving to TN to look at houses and may look in TX in earnest soon but must say I am hesitant to look in TX because TX and I do not always agree. With all due respect, while many Texans believe TX to be a mecca of conservatism, I see it as way too liberal for my liking. In all of its history it has had only 7 Republican governors, 4 governors of other parties and 38 democrats as governor; yet somehow, Texans like to brag that Texas is and always has been a very conservative state.
Just like many New Yorkers, who think they are conservative or libertarian but do not have a clue to what either is in reality, many Texans live under the misconception that their actual liberal views are somehow Conservative. They seem to think that just because they are pro-gun or pro-religion. Conservatism and Libertarianism are not one or two issue concepts and thus merely being pro-gun or pro-Christianity (because most Texans are in my estimation not very pro-other religions) does not necessarily make you either. Plenty of Black Panthers, BLM members, ANTIFA scum and other ultra-leftist radicals are pro-guns; some are probably even pro-religion so long as the religion is Islam. That is, by my guess, so long as it is only them with the weapons and so long as no one in their ranks is a practicing Jew or a Christian (or of any other religion than Muslim). Anyway, my guess is that within two or three election cycles, the ultra-libs will just about completely take over the state once again. While I lived in NY and can put up with liberals, even with ultra-leftists, as good as anyone can do, my idea is why bother with them in the first place since they and their radically screwball rights eviscerating ideals make me, for the great part, want to puke.
As the Grateful Dead sang: "Tennessee, Tennessee, there ain't no place I'd rather be...". Well, there may be some places I'd rather be, like AZ or SD, but they'd be too far from my son to make visits practical except maybe once or twice per year and that is nowhere nearly enough. Thus the line from Tennessee Jed makes lots of sense to me and besides that TN has no income tax and seems to me to be much more conservative/libertarian leaning than does TX (which also has no income tax as is the same in SD as well).
Even in that I think TN more to my liking though, I just do not want to make that trip again and come up empty handed and broke for having done so. Hopefully the next time, which would be the 3rd or 4th time - as I went there at least once or maybe twice more within last year before the two trips recently - will be the charm if indeed I go again.
""If the two individuals watching nearby had not selflessly taken it upon themselves to assist the officer, the injuries he sustained could have been much worse," said Fredericksburg Police Chief Brian Layton. "I can’t thank them enough for bravely putting themselves in danger."" More at the source.
MPD has issued a series of tips for residents to limit their risk of robbery:
- Do not walk alone
- Be hyper-aware of your surroundings at all times – pay attention!
- Carry only items you need, and carry less cash
- Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet
- Have keys already in your hand as you approach your car
- Despite all our efforts, robberies may still occur! Do not argue or fight with the criminal Do as they say. Your safety is most important!
- Be a good witness. When you call 911, be prepared to answer many questions. How many suspects? Age, height, complexion, hair and eye color? Scars or tattoos? Weapon- what did it look like? What direction did they leave in? Vehicle description? (Source.)
So what is one to do even if one sees someone being attacked or even if it is one's self being attacked? It is a dilemma that any of us could face at any given moment. Do we jump right in and help or do we merely be a good witness and call 911 regardless of whom is being attacked? I do not know the answer relative to any future such situations in which I may find myself; that said though, I prefer to think I'd choose to help as I have done before on a few occasions when someone needed help. That was to observe & assess then take whatever I thought was appropriate action to help; that has included jumping into the fray so to speak. Luckily that also usually has meant me having to do little more than announce my presence to the bad guy; luckily most of them seemingly (to me) are cowards and they have fled once the threat of someone helping the victim confronted them. Once though I had to shoot the guy who was robbing me and who left me no alternative as far as I was concerned. I'd probably do it again today should the same type of situation again raise its ugly head to threaten me. In the past, I have chosen not to depend upon the mercy of violent or potentially violent criminals who threaten me, or other innocents, with serious bodily harm or death because my guess is they are merciless or they would not have made such threats in the first place. Although one can never truly be absolutely certain as to how one will react/act in the future, I hope to do likewise in any similar type of encounters in that come my way.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021
Friday, July 9, 2021
Sunday, July 4, 2021
|A 'Stone engraving' copy of the Declaration of Independence.|
Friday, July 2, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021
|Remington R-15 VTR Predator in 223, listed "as new".|
|Remington 870 12 gauge. Judging by the lack of wear showing on the mag tube, I am guessing it has never been fired or only fired very few times.|
|Colt Lord Deringer boxed set of two 22 Short derringers.|
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Well, here is the perfect response to her sissy fit whining episodes of indignance. Mind you, You have to sit through a bit of her blathering before the good part but it is worth the wait.
I am all for saving the environment or at least for not destroying it but I also realize we need to use the earth's resources for every, and I do mean every, industry in which we engage (as for myself I use a lot of lead, copper, brass and chemicals used as propellants). So to little twats like her, I say fuck off - as does the gentleman in the video although he says it much nicer than I ever would say it to her.
That was truly an inspiring piece; hope you enjoyed it as much as I did so.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
...on my house hunting trip over the last few days. The four I actually looked at all had what appeared to be either many minor to medium sized problems and two had major problems. One of those two looked nice and was in a great secluded location but had foundation problems and the floors were uneven and cracked, the other also had foundation problems and it felt as if you were in a funhouse at the amusement park (or maybe just drunk and dizzy) once you walked in the door - it's floors were that slanted. There were two excellent houses on my list but both of those were already under contract before I got to TN; they were each on the market about a week. Nice houses are selling fast, very fast. Oh well, the realtor promised me she will be looking at house for me and call me if any other really nice ones come up for sale.
I am happy about that because the cost of another few days trip is prohibitive. I am guessing I spent $650 to $750 on a six day trip and I spent two nights of those days at my son's house.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
...that's house hunting not turkey or pig hunting. Or should say, I am going hunting. Not going to say exactly where I'll be but I have seen some nice houses advertised, some with acreage up to 20 acres or so for well under 200K. Seen some others around $140 with very little land but nice enough to consider buying and then going out to buy 20 to 50 acres of land nearby.
I'd rather pay off a mortgage than pay rent. I most certainly am not looking forward to another rent increase in August when my lease is up. I also am not looking forward to remaining in my current apartment complex as it not all that great and I think will soon get worse. Yes, they are doing renovations to some extent but they are being done haphazard at best and too little too late to suit me. Even if the landlords renovated everything here and made it look nice, it would only be for the sort term because many of the tenants here, not all mind you but many, are absolute slobs and have no respect for their neighbors or for the property.
Time will tell if I buy a house or not but I had best be fast before Biden devalues the U.S. $ by printing more and more of them and causing massive inflation. Prices going up more and more and more due to anticipated inflation, as they already have been over the past few months already, and the belief this place is headed further downhill has me sick & tired of paying rent to live in what fast is heading toward becoming a slum. No matter how much they fix it, I think the tenants will turn it into one. I'd prefer to be the lord & master of my own house and land than pay rent to a slumlord. I can only hope at least some of the houses I am targeting have cable TV and high speed Internet available. Please wish me luck on they hunt.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Apparently he's another piece of shit killer of black people called to justice and from what I have seen there is ZERO stink being made about it by BLM. I guess that is because, in my opinion (and in the opinions of many others I believe), most members of BLM are racists pure and simple and only call for action when the person doing the killing is other than black (or maybe they would also do it when a black police officer kills a black person but that is questionable).
You really have to wonder though about why anyone in a group like BLM is not out marching calling for this guys execution when he reportedly did this:
"The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Sir
suffered a ruptured stomach, bruised kidneys and a torn adrenal gland. " More here at the source. How hard must he have hit him to have done that! I am sure this excellent example,
of fatherhood of
what is wrong in the black community, will not be punished nearly enough for
his offense since he pled guilty and because BLM is not out protesting, marching, blocking traffic and or rioting to try to sway the court to assure he is punished appropriately not only for taking a black life but for destroying the future of a black child by ending his life, at such a tender age, by way of brute force.
About the only thing I will give him is that at least he has seemingly accepted responsibility even if only due to what I suspect was a plea deal.
Monday, May 3, 2021
Sunday, May 2, 2021
...and they did it resoundingly when RINO Romney took to the stage there recently:
Hopefully they will get this bum out of politics as they seemingly got him away from the podium! Can you imagine the sheer gall he had to ask the crowd if they were embarrassed! Of what I wonder. I suppose my answer to myself would be that they might have been embarrassed of ever voting for him in the first place and thus are also embarrassed that he is their man in government. The man is, I think, pure RINO much akin to the late John McCain.
By the way, I checked what to call them before calling the Utahns see: https://www.ksl.com/article/24207511/is-it-utahn-or-utahan. I chose to go with what they call themselves in their state - not what the federal government wants to call them. After all, it is their state.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
...pieces of shit, in my opinion, to have left a fellow officer, alive or dead, inside with the assailant for as long as it's been (this reportedly commenced at 0944 and it's now 2220 hours - many hours after this started). They should be ashamed of themselves and if the officer who is trapped inside lives - I hope that officer never let's them live it down. See: https://www.foxnews.com/us/north-carolina-deputies-shot-watauga-county-standoff
That is all I will say and no one nor any excuse from the police will change my mind.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
My son bought a house, I guess it was last month, maybe the month before. He was in his yard I guess today and came across this little guy; in his text to me he said he almost stepped on it:
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Did any politician in the Demoncrat party, or any leftist politician or bureaucrat of another party (like a RINO), or any big mouthed activist movie star or sports figure, or any prominent member of BLM ever once mention the fact that the WHITE police officer - who shot the
piece of shit black female who was about to stab the other BLACK female - saved a BLACK person's life because of that shooting! Racism is alive and well in America and it is practiced by black folks as much or more than by white folks each and every day. If the cop was a racist and the shooting was racially motivated - why did the officer save the one BLACK female's life and not just wait for the other black female to stab her first and then shoot the black stabber! The only thing race had to do with this is what the MSM (Mud Slinging Media) and leftist politicians and activists - race baiters all as I see them - brought to the reporting of it.
Did any of them also confront the black community over the amount of black on black killings that go on each day in places like Chicago, without said community doing almost anything to actually put a stop to them let alone their failure to be as vociferously against those killings as they are riotously against the handful (in comparison) by police officers!
If they have, I have not heard it or read it. Yes, racism is alive and well in the USA but it works both way and guys like LeBron James seem as racist to me as Joe Biden (who somehow now, after years of evident racist statements and acts, is playing a saint in the cause to end racism).